[citation][nom]fulle[/nom]Yeah, take pictures of your male employees wearing pink "I[/citation]
The forum ate my post. I was trying to say that maybe taking pictures of their male employees wearing pink "I 'heart' Foxconn" shirts, and then sending the pics to the media, might not be the best strategy at suicide prevention.
In all seriousness tho, as much of a callous jerk as I am, I hope that the improved working conditions have reduced the suicide rates. The poor folks just want to work, and have limited means to do so outside of these factories.
I sure hope all these comments, (and indeed the post itself - i'm talking to you Jane), are just a big joke.
Suicide rates at Foxconn are 1/7th of the national average.
They are obviously doing something right.
Sure, a dozen people have killed themselves, but we are not talking a office with a hundred people, we are talking about a company with more people in a single factory than live in the entire City of Detroit.
How many people in Detroit commited suicide last year? If they follow the national average of the USA it will be just over 100 people. So dont rag on Foxconn when you clearly dont have your own house in order, they are doing much better than the rest of us and stats show that it isn't even a cultural thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate
China as a whole has a higher suicide rate of 13.9 per 100,000 compared to the USA of 11.1 per 100,000.
If the rate of suicides stays constant for the rest of the year there will be approx 18 out of 920,000
That's 1.9 per 100,000
That's 7.3 times less than China as a whole and 5.8 times less than the USA
Comparing Foxconn suicide rates as if they were another nation they would be amongst the lowest in the world
My heart goes out to these poor workers who toil day and night for this terrible corporation. This is modern slavery. The slaves aren't traded and sold as if they were stock like they were in the old days. But are given little choice but to chose their servitude or it is hunger.
[citation][nom]nforce4max[/nom]My heart goes out to these poor workers who toil day and night for this terrible corporation. This is modern slavery. The slaves aren't traded and sold as if they were stock like they were in the old days. But are given little choice but to chose their servitude or it is hunger.[/citation]
Well, THEY either choose to work for actually quite a good company, or to work for somebody else. If they go hungry, many situations it is their own fault, but i agree we should sympathize with those who it isnt their fault.
920000 employees! wow, no wonder each one feels so insignificant. Typical manager-employee dialogue would go like this: "Ok, employee #689312, what do you do here at Foxconn?" "I'm the one pasting the QC OK sticker on the motherboards. So many of them. What does QC OK mean anyway?"